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Poster: cashel Date: Dec 1, 2003 1:17pm
Forum: movies Subject: fox news film collection

Is there anything an individual can do to get the fox newsreels public ? Perhaps, a polite email request to the relevant authority.

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Poster: HR Date: Dec 28, 2003 10:59am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: fox news film collection

I can offer you a bit of help with the Fox film collection but not much. CBS donated a World War I era collection to the National Archives (NA). The footage contains newsreel footage through part of the 1920s, including Fox newsreel footage. You may be able to access some info about the collection on line at www.nara.gov. There are reference copies of the footage at the NA, most still 3/4," although they vary in quality and many copies are certainly not in pristine shape. Any of the pre-1923 copies should be PD and post-1922 copies may very well also be PD, although I cant vouch for that. (There are volumes of a book called film Superlist which provides info on the status of films, newsreels and TV programs which will provide you info on copyright status)

In addition, as you may very well know, Universal donated the rights that it had in its newsreel, Universal News to the NA. Many if not most people believe this makes the newsreel PD, although there are legal questions about this. If you speak to Mark Meder (cant remember the spelling of his name) at the NA he'll say the copyright status of the work is not necessarily always clear. Most people seem to think otherwise.

I believe Universal News carries many of the same stories as did Fox (as in fact did all the newsreels) although Universal would often feature Universal movie stars. I suppose Fox featrured its own movie stars.

Goodluck

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Poster: cashel Date: Dec 28, 2003 3:55pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: fox news film collection

Thank you for the interesting information..There is too much locked away. For example, surely Hollywood could make available in mg4 format a collection of say 100 classic silent films.(this format would preserve commercial rights..Thus by acknowledging their history ,they could enjoy the huge profits without guilt...I certainly am indebted to the internet archives,prelinger archives, us.congress library and also to the english Pathe library with its 3600 hours of film freely available for download..Shame on the hoarders

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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Dec 2, 2003 10:13am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: fox news film collection

The Fox Movietone News films are held in two separate collections. The primary collection (1919-63, less that specified below) is held by Fox in New York (though stored elsewhere) and essentially unavailable. Librarian Peter Bregman will license the use of a clip if you have it from another source (and has some of the collection on videotape), but there is no access to physical film materials. Anyone is welcome to send a friendly email to Rupert Murdoch requesting a change in company policy :)

The University of South Carolina holds outtakes from the 1920s-40s and certain edited stories from the 1940s. They make material available under strictly limited conditions. License fees are charged.

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Poster: cashel Date: Dec 2, 2003 10:29am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: fox news film collection

thank you..Very informative reply